Two-thirds of all college students receive some type of financial aid, according to the National Center for Education Statistics NCES , but most aid is focused on full-time traditional-age students. Adult students — a population NCES expects will grow 20 percent by — have fewer financial aid options, because often they are enrolled part time. To help adult students achieve their education goal, Penn State is creating scholarships and other financial aid options for these students. Benjamin Hamby of Boalsburg, Pa. He is one of 28 adult students at eight Penn State campuses recently chosen to receive a Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship.
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As a result, more and more students are coming back into the educational fold after time away from school. Students return to college to change careers, seek advanced degrees and re-train for employment. Women and single parents come back to education once child-rearing duties are satisfied. Returning students face unique challenges associated with adult learning. Getting up to speed on new technology and classroom protocol can be daunting for students who have been away from academia for extended periods of time. Grants and scholarships can be essential to meeting college expenses. Financial aid for re-entry students originates from public and private sources, including corporations, memorial endowments and state governments.
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Non-traditional students fall outside of the preconceived norms for college-bound students. General wisdom has it that high school graduates who wish to pursue a college education do so directly after graduation, completing a seamless transition into post-secondary education. But there are many paths to higher education, and they do not all conform to the same map.
Through its Adult Students in Scholastic Transition program, Executive Women International awards 13 scholarships each year to nontraditional students. Learn more. When to apply : March 1. The organization will forward the form to its local chapters; a chapter must agree to sponsor your application before you move forward with the application process.